Habib al-Adly
Former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly

Adly presses charges against Jan 25 activists for burning police stations

Former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly is pressing charges against activists involved in the January 25, 2011 uprising, his lawyer told Mada Masr on Monday.

The lawyer, Essam al-Batawy, said that the Cairo Criminal Court referred the charges to Prosecutor General Hesham Barakat, and that Adly is waiting for the prosecution to take his testimony. Adly is accusing Dostour Party leader Gameela Ismail, high-profile activists Samia Jaheen and Ahmed Douma, and others of setting police stations ablaze with Molotov cocktails during the mass protests calling for former President Hosni Mubarak's ouster in 2011.

Douma is already serving a three-year prison sentence for violating the contentious Protest Law.

Batawy spoke to Mada from the Cairo Criminal Court, which was hearing a session in Adly's retrial on charges of ordering protesters' deaths in 2011. The case also implicates Adly's aides, Mubarak and his sons Gamal and Alaa. The defendants had previously been found guilty on the charges and sentenced to life in prison, but the conviction was subsequently overturned.

“Those three names [in the complaint] are just examples. The complaint includes others, like Wael Ghonim. All of those who said they used Molotovs to burn police stations will be included in the complaint,” Batawy said.

“I do have evidence against all of those people,” he added.

Ghonim was the administrator of the Facebook group “We are all Khaled Saeed” that first issued the call to protest on January 25 — Police Day — and went on to become an icon of the 2011 revolution.

Jaheen condemned the accusations in a statement posted on her Facebook page.

 “You have your newspapers where you put our photos like criminals in front pages, you have your dirty media that [harm our reputation] every day and full state institutions to cooperate with you,” Jaheen wrote. “But we are way richer than you. We have the truth.”

“A grubby and failing regime, all that you know is to harm people’s reputation. We are not better than thousands of those unjustly detained in your prisons while you are making your murderers innocent,” she added.

Jaheen and Ismail were not available to comment on whether they had been summoned by the prosecution.

In a statement released on Monday, the Dostour Party demanded that the prosecution drop the complaint, calling it a systematic smear campaign against January 25 revolutionaries that was “flooded with lies.”

“These are clear malicious accusations as part of the systematic smear campaign against the revolution and all of those who participated in it,” the statement declared. “Some television stations owned by leading members of the National Democratic Party are contributing to this campaign.”

Dostour Party President Hala Shukrallah also condemned the complaint.

Shukrallah wrote on her Twitter account, “I declare my support to Gameela Ismail and anyone subject to fabricated and unjust accusations. Enough maltreatment.”